To remove a cast iron tub, just break it up with a heavy sledge hammer and carry out the smaller pieces. It will break up very easily, it's too heavy to move. Standard 30" X 60" tub will work fine.
Thanks! Went the reglazing route already and guess what...it is starting to chip and peel only after 1 year. I would most def of kept the original tub if only it was white and not pink!!! I wouldn't reccoment reglazing as it will chip near the drain somewhere down the road.Before you labor on the removal, you might consider reglazing the tub. Usually you can get that done for around $300 and it will look like a million bucks.
That being said, if you rip it out, another tip I have found is to use a raggedy blanket when bashing up the cast iron. This will greatly limit the amount of shrapnel being launched into the air when you strike the tub. Just lay the blanket over the area you're going to hit and you're set.
As far as getting rid of the heavy cast iron - A local scrapper will take it off your hands for free - you might try craiglist.. post it and they'll come running.
All the best
We were planning to buy the tub first as this is our only bath and we need to stratgically plan our steps in the demo process...I know, easier said than done! I am just confused on size and I know an inch can make a difference.Just replaced a 30" x 60", 9" to over flow with a 32" x 60", 15" to over flow. The new tub is huge in the small bathroom, but we wanted as wide and deep as possible. Got an acrylic tub by Kohler. The tub dimensions, rough in and install guides are on the web for both Kohler and American Standard.
Like the other guys said, break the old tub up. You don't want to tote that thing in one piece. Once you get everything torn out you will be better able to tell if you need a 30", 32", or larger. If the toilet is next to the tub keep in mind that there is a code dimension for the distance from the tub edge to the center of the toilet.
Ohh boy...we used some company out of NJ to reglaze and who knows if they are in biz anymore...we are in CT.On the reglazing side, did you do it yourself? I have before with awul results. The kits at the box store are garbage. If you had it professionally I'd suggest asking the contractor get out there and fix it, which should be a reasonable request...
As far as a bedding for the tub, I have seen and used concrete on several occaisions with success... not sure what else you could use.....
Going from 30 inces to 32 inches is that much bigger to have to do this? My actual tub measures really at around 31 inches.not sure if I missed it, but if you go with a wider tub you will have to move the centerline of your plumbing...not too big of a deal unless something is in the way.
Wish I would have known about busting up a cast tub.....talk about heavy, just thinking about it makes my back hurt.
Best way right there,To remove a cast iron tub, just break it up with a heavy sledge hammer and carry out the smaller pieces. It will break up very easily, it's too heavy to move. Standard 30" X 60" tub will work fine.